Celtics to face Bucks in first round of playoffs

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Terry Rozier had just put the Celtics ahead 99-96 by nailing a three with 0.5 seconds left in regulation.

The Bucks are implementing a "blackout" of the BMO Harris Bradley Center during their series with Boston, wearing black, using their black "Fear the Deer" court and encouraging fans to wear black, giving away black t-shirts for games three and four.

Giannis will have help this year in the form of a new back court featuring a healthy Jabari Parker and newcomer Eric Bledsoe.

Middleton then took the inbounds pass and quickly nailed a contested 35-foot three.

Al Horford led the way for Boston with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Rozier added 23 points.

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Jayson Tatum: This was a strong playoff debut by the 20-year-old rookie, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting as part of a double-double that included 10 rebounds which made him just the third Celtics rookie all-time to tally a double-double in their first playoff game.

The Bucks never truly threatened from that point on, as Milwaukee continued to foul and Boston continued to knock down its free throw attempts. He scored 21 points off the bench to go with seven rebounds which was also tops among reserves for both teams.

Middleton ended the game second behind Giannis Antetokounmpo with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Milwaukee Bucks will find out if they dodged a bullet this afternoon when they open up the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Boston Celtics.

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